The Land Use and Allocation Committee came into existence with the creation of Decree No.6 published in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette No. 14. Vol. 65, Government Notice No. 272 of 29th March, 1978.
The Committee, which was established in each State, via the Decree, was charged with the sole responsibility of advising the Military Governor on Land Administration and Management Matters. It vested the power to Administer, Manage and Control State Land in the Military Governor of the State.
Hitherto, the Committee has been the driving force in terms of the success of Decree No.6 and benefits of Land Administration for the State’s Citizenry and Nigeria in general.
This fact became apparent in Lagos State during the civilian administration of Governor Lateef Kayode Jakande by virtue of the utmost attention on Land Use and its revenue potentials. At this time, Land became one of the major sources of revenue for Lagos State and over the years, successive administrations put in place effective and dynamic reforms to ease Land Use procedures, which in turn, continually boosts the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
THE LANDS BUREAU 1999 TILL DATE
At the inception of the Administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999, it accepted the burden of overhauling the Land Administration System established by successive administrations in the State. The Administration mandated itself, through stated policy statements, to make Land Administration a strategic resource block for the realization of the State’s social and economic prosperity, hence, the creation of the Bureau.
HIGHLIGHTS OF REFORMS BY SUCCESSIVE ADMINISTRATIONS IN LANDS BUREAU TO DATE
- Deployment of professional personnel to achieve optimum performance.
- Minimizing abuses especially those relating to corrupt practices and red tape.
- Reforming mode of payment for service delivery in Lands Bureau through direct payment to designated Banks
- Placement of templates for the conduct of business in the Bureau
- Introduction of the Electronic Document Management System (EDMS)
- The 30 Days Governor’s Consent
- Digital Mapping of Lagos State to complement the effect of EDMS
- Reduction of payments on Consent fees, Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty and Registration fees
- Establishment of the Directorate of Land Regularisation to eliminate the hitherto defective Ratification procedure
- Introduction of new Land Administration policies to aid Industrial, Commercial and Housing requirements, particularly as it affects Private Developers’ Schemes
- Introduction of new Urban Renewal Policies that would create New Towns out of old communities
- Introduction of a proactive policy on property perfection and registration to develop a reliable data base
- A review of the change of policy use to prevent abuse of the massive town planning and urban protection Laws that have adversely affected Ikoyi, Victoria Island, etc, thereby turning them into Urban Slum.
- Massive reclamation and expansion program to increase the Land mass available to the State for its use.
- Mortgage Registry
- Acquisition and Excision Registry
- An automated validation of receipts of payments